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- IPA: /ˈkɒstɪv/
- constipated (figurative)
- 2005, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury Publishing, paperback edition, page 346:
- Melanie, who was used to Wani's costive memos, and even to dressing up the gist of a letter in her own words, stuck out her tongue in concentration as she took down Nick's old-fashioned periods and perplexing semicolons.